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INS Betwa mishap: Navy chief Sunil Lanba inspecting damage

Two Navy sailors were killed, while 14 others were injured, after INS Betwa, a key warship which was being refitted at the dockyard toppled on Monday

mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2016 13:12 IST
Manish K Pathak
INS Betwa had toppled at the Naval Dockyard on Monday afternoon.
INS Betwa had toppled at the Naval Dockyard on Monday afternoon. (HT photo)

Admiral Sunil Lanba is at Naval dockyard Mumbai, inspecting the damage sustained by INS Betwa following the Monday mishap. The technical board has initiated the inspection process and will submit a final report on the vessel’s condition soon. Moreover, the salvage operation will start soon after the technical board and other experts complete their review, said Navy chief PRO captain DK Sharma.

Two Navy sailors were killed, while 14 others were injured, after INS Betwa, a key warship which was being refitted at the dockyard toppled on Monday. Sharma said the 3,850-tonne ship, measuring 126m, tipped over while being undocked. The mast of the ship hit the ground, he said. INS Betwa is a front line Brahmaputra-class frigate and is armed with Uran anti-ship missiles, Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes.

The deceased were identified , NK Rai, a chief engine room artificer (CH ERA), with a service of more than 10 years, and Ashutosh Pandey, an Acting Lead Mechanical Engineer (Ag LME), who served for nearly seven years.

It is suspected that the accident occurred due to the malfunctioning of the dock block mechanism, said an official. Officials said 16 personnel were aboard while the vessel was being undocked.

Sources claimed chances of INS Betwa making it to active service look bleak, but a team will assess the damage and check if conditions are ‘Beyond Economic Repair’.

Earlier, the warship had run aground in January 2014 and collided with an unidentified object leading to a crack in its sonar system. It had also seen saltwater ingress in to its sensitive equipment.

Read: 2 sailors dead, 14 injured after warship INS Betwa slips on Mumbai docks